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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Jose Berardo

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1944

Berardo is a Portugese businessman who has amassed a fortune worth over $1 billion from, gold mining in South Africa. He is also an active stock trader. Recently, he opened up his extensive art collection to the public, displaying works by artists like Picasso, Dali and Miro at the newly opened Museu Berardo in the Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon.

Though auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s have pursued his collection, valued at more than $400 million, he has never sold a work of art. Other artists included in his extensive collection of over 1,000 works include Pop Art by the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein, Realist pieces by Bacon and Balthus as well as several works by Minimalist artists. In 2007, he tried to purchase the futbol club S.L. Benfica.